The Deep End of the Ocean script
Synopsis: After Beth Cappadora's (Michelle Pfeiffer) youngest son, Ben, vanishes in Chicago, she slowly descends into a deep depression, affecting her husband, Pat (Treat Williams), and her other children (Jonathan Jackson, Alexa Vega). Relocating to Chicago several years later, they are shocked to discover a local boy named Sam (Ryan Merriman) who looks strikingly similar to Ben. Along with detective Candy Bliss (Whoopi Goldberg), the family must relive their trauma and find out the truth about Sam.


He wasn't over there. We should get the



I don't know. Maybe if we just wait


Stop! Everybody please just listen up for

a second. We all need to look for Beth

Kerry's little boy. His name is Ben. He's

3, and he was wearing a red baseball cap.

He was just here a second ago. So if you

would all look around where you are.


Wait a minute. Hold on, folks.

(To Beth)

We'll find him. It's going to be fine.

I'm going to divide the room right down

the middle, okay? I want each of you to

stay in your half and look around you. If

you see Ben, you pick him up and you call

out to me, all right?


Pat will be here soon, right?


I didn't call him. I thought we'd find

Ben right away.


Let's make that call now, right?

(Jimmy dials the number)

Here you go. Go ahead, Beth.

(Beth can't answer)

Cop A

Magill, you go talk to the female.

Cop Magill

Mrs. Cappadora? I'm officer Magill.


My God! You brought a lot of police


Cop Magill

We take the disappearance of a child this

small very seriously this things Mrs.



you worried, then?

Cop Magill

lost kids, we always find them. And

they're okay. They're not hurt.



Cop Magill

If only if it gets to 5 hours, we usually

consider it. Anyway, we'll find him

before then.

Cop Magill

So, your friend Elaine was with you?


Ellen. She met me out front. She was

waiting for me.

Cop Magill

okay, so besides Ellen, who was the first

person you talked to?


Oh, The cheerleaders.

Cop B

Would another family member on your side

have any reason to pick up the boy?


My folks are dead. there's nobody.

Cop C

Has he ever been fingerprinted?

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Stephen Schiff

Stephen Schiff is an American screenwriter and journalist. He is best known for his work at The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, his screenplays for Lolita, True Crime, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and his work as a writer and producer on the acclaimed FX television series The Americans. more…

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